Loyalty a one way street?
[Warning: longer than usual post] Recently I came across an article on InsideHigherEd titled In Higher Ed, Loyalty Is a One-Way Street, and the tagline was "Loyalty of students and faculty is often demanded. Is it returned?" The main thesis of the article is that in higher education the job you're in is the job you're in unless you apply for another job and get in, at which point you can
Crazy semester, crazy year, coming to an end...
Sat, Dec 31 2016 10:07 | #vconnecting, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE805, Management, PhD, qualitative, research, school
So, vacation has begun! I've gotten out my movies, video games, and comic books that I want to read, play, or view in the next 20 days until school starts again! Before that though, I wanted to have a quick look back, a year end review if you will, at this past academic year. Wow... Now that was a crazy year! Yes, there was a lot going on in the global and political arenas, but (just
Getting my CALL on!
Sat, Jul 30 2016 01:30 | cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE804, IALLT, MOOC, NERCOMP, network, open learning, Presentation
Εύρηκα! (eureka)There is nothing like a deadline to get you going - that's all I have to say! A while back, like last January or something, a colleague asked me if I would be interested in presenting at an IALLT webinar on a topic of my choosing - it just had to do with technology and education. I generally don't have a problem with coming up with topic to talk about, but this particular
Looking ahead to dissertation defense...
A little funny-Friday stuff here. This comic was shared by a cohort-mate this week. It provided some good levity while we wait for grades for EDDE 804. That said... I do wonder how one can go on the offensive in a Distance Education context where the dissertation is defended via Adobe Connect...
EDDE 806 - Post V - The final one of the spring 2016 season
Fri, Apr 1 2016 05:00 | dissertation, EDDE801, EDDE802, EDDE804, EDDE806, instructionalDesign, knowledgeManagement, MBA, PhD, reflection, research
A couple of weeks after the last session of 806 for this spring aired I had an opportunity to observe the proceedings from across time and space (aren't recordings grand?). Looking at the (small) crowd that attended the live session maybe I should have attended! Anyway! It does should like next fall, or perhaps next spring once I am formally in 806, there might be a ton of people attending,
One more down... two more to go!
The past several weeks felt a little like a marathon and a spring combined while our team was getting ready to present on our topic. For the second assignment for EDDE 804 we explored and proposed leadership implications and educational interventions for a complex issue in society. The subject we selected was sexual harassment and assault in the armed forces (specifically in Canada). Paper
EDDE 806 - Post IV - madlib your research a bit
Sat, Mar 12 2016 06:00 | #vconnecting, accessibility, disability, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE806, PhD, research
Last week my goal of attending all 806 sessions this semester got derailed by fatigue. For those keeping score at home, I've attended 3, and written about 4 (including this post) this semester - still ahead of the game ;-). Thank heavens for recorded sessions! As the sole member of Cohort 7 representing in 806 I feel like I should be more on top of things ;-)In any case, the presentation
I've been slowly working on EDDE 804 assignments and reading (which is why I have not been as active on this blog lately). I've been slowly working on my third assignment, the 'big one' for this class, which is a portfolio of all my learning in 804. As part of this I am uploading my first assignment, in which I explored the concept of emergent leadership The portfolio is coming along...slowly...but
No more blatantly openwashing
I am a little behind the times in this breakneck-speed of development in the world of MOOCs, but some things (namely EDDE 804) have priority over the comings and goings of xMOOC providers. Close to a month ago IHE had reported in their quick takes section that coursera will remove the option of free for some of their courses. Blink, and you may have missed it. I also don't recall
EDDE 806 post II - Of research questions and generalizability
Fri, Feb 5 2016 12:40 | assignment, EDDE804, EDDE806, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, OER, PhD, postmodernism, reflection, research
Yesterday evening I attended my second formal EDDE 806 session (formal in the sense that I am doing blog posts for it, as opposed to just attending and being a fly on the wall). In any case, the session was pretty interesting, and Viviane Vladimirsky, a fellow EdD student, on her work on her dissertation.Just prior to Viviane's presentation, as we were going around introducing ourselves
A way to visualize MOOC students...
Fri, Jan 29 2016 04:30 | #DALMOOC, #rhizo16, Analytics, cMOOC, coursera, EDDE804, education, edx, Employment, futurelearn, instructionalDesign, Learning Analytics, MOOC, motivation, PhD, review, rMOOC, xMOOC
Even though this semester is relatively calm, compared to last semester, I still find myself not writing as much as I think I would like. I've set aside, temporarily, the book I was meant to have finished reviewing last October, on MOOCs, until the semester ends and I can focus on them a little more. One reason for the refocus of energies is EDDE 804. We are focusing on leadership in education,
On prepping for a dissertation
Fri, Jan 22 2016 14:06 | #remixthediss, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE806, MBA, PhD, Presentation, reflection, seminar
I must be the only weirdo who inquires about "taking" a seminar before the 'logical' or programmed sequence of the seminar. That said, for my doctoral program the final seminar (EDDE 806) is actually open to all EdD students (and alumni) so I have been on-and-off in this seminar since I started two years ago. When I was in 801 it was easier to attend, so I probably attended 3-4 sessions.
Guilt free break?
I saw this on PhD Comics the other day...Right before New Year's, on Moodle, EDDE 804 opened up and was available to learners...there goes my guild-free break. Now it's time to get a preview of what I need to do for class... The first two assignments are pretty straight forward (it seems). The portfolio assignment is a little more nebulous. A quick google search gives me some ideas
The student's year-end-review
Tue, Dec 29 2015 04:30 | cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE804, education, linguistics, MOOC, PhD, reflection, research, SNA, xMOOC
Socrates Badge, by @merryspanielIt's a bit hard to believe, but two years ago - around this time of year - I was scurrying to get my application into Athabasca University to have my application considered for Cohort 7. The deadline for Athabasca's program is at the same time as the deadline for my department (January 15th), so I was trying to make sure that my recommendations were all in order.
Schooooool's out for December!....
...Schoool's out...until January...OK, OK,... maybe my take on Alice Cooper's "School's Out" isn't as catchy...but it is indicative of the situation right now :-) EDDE 803 is over, and I am waiting for EDDE 804 to begin. Well, technically the course is over tomorrow, however all assignments are done and submitted, and I am not in maintenance mode in the forums.The final assignment
Half-way there! Mid-semester tired thoughts.
Wed, Oct 21 2015 16:22 | #gamification12, EDDE801, EDDE803, EDDE804, education, gamification, internship, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, popCulture, television, xMOOC
Well, in addition to being Back to the Future Day (you know, October 21, 2015), I noticed that my count-down on my phone is telling me that it is also exactly mid-semester! We have completed 44 days of coursework and there are 44 more days to go! EDDE803 is progressing smoothly I would say, the internship in MDDE 620 is still pretty interesting, and the forums there are quite active. I